James’s practice focuses on securing water supplies for clients as they plan for the future. He represents clients before various regulatory agencies, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and state judicial courts.
Before joining Lloyd Gosselink, James served as an attorney for five years with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. His intimate familiarity with the inner-workings of water rights, districts, utilities, and water quality regulation in Texas provides a unique and valuable perspective to Lloyd Gosselink’s clients.
Areas of Practice
Professional Licenses and Education
- Admitted to the State Bar of Texas (2008)
- J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2008)
- B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin (2002)
- Administrative law focusing primarily in representation before regulatory agencies and the State Office of Administrative Hearings regarding a variety of water and natural resources matters
- Water rights permitting, including major reservoir projects, indirect reuse, and securing new water supplies; water utilities authorizations, including CCN applications and amendments, and water rate applications; water districts approvals, including creation of new municipal utility districts; water quality permitting, including discharge and land application (TLAP) permits
Publications and Presentations
- Surface Water Rights 101, CLE International Texas Water Law Conference, October 2013
- Surface Water Rights 101, Agriculture Extension Agent Conference, April 2013
- Surface Water Rights in Times of Drought, Pineywoods Resource Conservation & Development Annual Conference, May 2012
- Water Rights Regulation and Gas Fracking, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation District Directors Annual Meeting, October 2011
- TCEQ Regulatory Update, Texas Rural Water Association/Texas Water Conservation Association Annual Conference, January 2011
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of Texas
o Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
o Administrative and Public Law Section
As an Austin native, James developed a keen awareness at an early age of the importance of water management through frequent educational and recreational visits to Central Texas’ Highland Lakes. While his work in water law is among his most fervent passions, in his spare time James is a pretty good amateur cook, an increasingly accomplished traveler, and an avid fan of UT football, basketball, and baseball.